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Cancer. Touches. Everyone.

Introducing the Central Texas Puppy Up! Walk 2011

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 2, 2011

When: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Time:  1:00PM to 5:00PM Central time

Where: Yettie Polk Park, Belton, Texas

Tisha Beauchamp Cotham, Organizer

Thanks to Tisha Beauchamp Cotham for this blog on the Puppy Up! Walk in Belton, Texas on Sunday, November 6, 2011.  This walk will take place at Yettie Polk Park from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Central Time. To learn more about the Belton Walk, to volunteer, register, fundraise, and be a part of the first Belton Puppy Up! Walk, please visit their web page.

You can also find and friend them on Facebook.

There wasn’t much I knew about cancer, at least not in our canine companions.  I sure as hell didn’t know anything about comparative oncology. Though I have been a personal friend of Luke’s since school, it wasn’t until I found out what he was doing to bring awareness that I stopped and took notice.  I am not ashamed to say that I was one of the many who didn’t pay much attention to the common links between canines and humans.  I am however proud to say that I know now.

I have not lost a fur-baby to cancer and I pray I never do.  In my life, those I have known with cancer have been the elderly, and I suppose in an odd way it was accepted because… well, they were old.

I started working in a hospital and my patients were of all ages but the ones who affected me the hardest were the children who had no idea of the devastation that was to come.

My mother was diagnosed with cancer and along with her Lupus, it was not easy to assist in her care, deal with her own emotional downfall, and my emotions as well.  She has since overcome her cancer and Lupus as well.  The chemotherapy that she underwent was also successful in ridding her body of Lupus. Who would’ve known?

I also have a dear friend who is younger than I am by just a year or so and she has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Are you kidding me?  When did this happen?  We are too young to be affected.

I made my way to my vet this past week and she told me of a puppy that is just 13 months old that now has osteosarcoma.  OK, this has got to stop!  It is not just the elderly humans who are being hit with cancer… it is everyone.  As the saying goes, Cancer.Touches.Everyone. 

Tisha's dog, Kirby, will be there. Bring your pup and walk too!

I know that my part may be small; however, it is a part that I am extremely proud of.  I have decided to do whatever I can to bring awareness and educate thosewhot find themselves in the very same place as I did.  I am hosting the Puppy Up! Walk in Belton, Texas on Sunday, November 6, 2011.  This walk will take place at Yettie Polk Park and it will be from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Central time.  I  encourage you to be a part of this as well!  Maybe you have questions, maybe you have stories, maybe you have knowledge that we have yet to come across.  Let’s not be silent anymore. Let’s Puppy Up!

I can be reached at 254.541.7942 or email tish.puppyup@gmail.com

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